Reinventing the War Story with Alicia DeFonzo

Monday, July 24, 11:50 a.m.

Virtual Event via Zoom

About the Event

In The Time Left Between Us, Alicia DeFonzo combines memoir, history, travel, and adventure to create a groundbreaking hybrid writing technique that uniquely pieces together a nonfiction narrative of her beloved grandfather’s WWII experience. After learning of his survival of major campaigns, liberation of concentration camps, and his acquisition of a Nazi Waffen-SS diary, DeFonzo sifts through his memories and travels in his footsteps in order to “[capture] the powerful connection that can exist between grandparent and grandchild—sharing what has never been shared with others, forever intertwining two souls,” says author Miles Ryan Fisher. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

This is a virtual event. Current OLLI members should register directly through OLLI. For everyone else, reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite. You’ll receive a confirmation email. Then on the day of the event, please check your email for the Zoom link. To have the best experience on Zoom, please log in prior to the event to be sure your system is up to date. 

About the Author

Alicia DeFonzo is a Senior Lecturer and Fulbright Specialist at Old Dominion University, having earned an MFA in Nonfiction. The Library Journal has called her debut nonfiction narrative The Time Left Between Us “a deeply personal venture but also one of significant importance now and for all future generations to learn from,” and Lincoln Journal Star says, “The author has the skill to make her intimate family portraits as precise as a song by Frank Sinatra.” DeFonzo has read for series such as Miss Manhattan Nonfiction and Inner Loop and is a frequent literary guest on local and national NPR programs.

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